In Depth Analysis of Lukas Fabianski…

Morning on a very rainy Thursday (if you’re in London)…

It’s been a very good week for British clubs in the Champions League this week with 5 out of 5 clubs winning their ties, ours of course being the craziest one of them all – as the Partizan manager said, it was pure entertainment – perhaps because of our inability not to mess up randomly during games. Our players do seem to have errors up their sleeves all the time – but hopefully, hopefully they are starting to stamp out their errors and the performance from Fabianski was a proof to that pudding.

Fabianski had a good game. He did well when called upon, despite the criticism surrounding him, was adventurous off his line, was good shot stopping and even saved a penalty. I have to say that it was one of the best performances, if not the best all round performance I’ve seen from Fabianski. Considering how he gets slated so much, his confidence must be low and to produce such a good performance – the question I have in my mind is whether we are now suddenly over-reacting to what would be considered a normal performance for a goalkeeper at a top level club?

Are we astonished that a seemingly error-prone keeper suddenly has a good game. Arsene was quick to praise the goalkeeper and said this after the game…

Fabianski had a good game, we have seen the player tonight who we see in training. He had a faultless game. I know it is in him. He got it out in the game tonight and hopefully that will give him the needed belief and confidence. I am confident he will come out as a great keeper, I have always said that. We have to keep confidence in him and he needs to gain experience from games like this. At the moment Almunia is injured, we will have to see how his injury goes but at the moment it is too early to say.

The big question is whether the Fabianski we saw against Partizan is the real Fabianski or whether it’s the exception to the rule.

Fabianski was clear that he was happy with his performance and went onto say that he is more than ready for the Chelsea
game. If he is selected, which it looks like he will be, then we’ll need another sterling performance from the Polish International

“‘Overall I’m pleased with my performance. Not just some of the saves I made but my reading of the game, coming for the crosses and the way I played with my feet. Every aspect is important to me and in general I am pleased. I am ready. I was always ready. I was never bothered by all the things that happened. I always tried to focus on my work, on my job. We are all looking forward to the Chelsea match. Hopefully it will be exciting game.”

The big question is whether the Fabianski we saw against Partizan is the real Fabianski or whether it’s the exception to the rule.

It’s a bit strange that players like Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs have come out to defend his qualities – both are relatively new to the first team and have seen his qualities with a less obstructive view. One thing that is also positive is that Arsene Wenger isn’t stupid and for him to continually back a  keeper has to mean something… It has to mean something? We’ve heard Arsene say that Lukas is incredible in training, but just hasn’t shown it – and therefore, maybe we are seeing the right player now…

Gibbs summed up the feeling in the dressing room:

“He is a great keeper or else he wouldn’t be here at Arsenal. I owe him a lot, although I can’t really remember much about (giving away) the penalty. He put in a great performance. That is what he is in the team to do. Saving the penalty was just as important as scoring a goal for us. I think he felt like he had a point to prove. He has shown great character and he doesn’t hide away. We do feel for him (after the criticism he has had) because we know his quality and he has shown them against Partizan – that is why I think he expressed that after he had saved the penalty and all credit to him.”

So, there we have it – Lukas Fabianski – new man, perhaps? We’re going to need him to be for Chelsea.

Come on you reds…!

  • Kodjo

    Interesting assessment…i think he is a good shot stopper but he is yet to convince me of his generalship in the box esp when playing against english teams like bolton, b’burn, stoke, wolves who always have a player with the sole purpose of preventing the g’keeper from catching the ball.

    he probably needs to adopt the crazed mentality of lehman who would take out player and ball…if need be. i doubt Fabiansky has that nasty streak in him…which i believe is called for when playing teams with thuggish mentality…

    i hope he keeps it up for the chelsea game

  • http://worldofarsenal Josiah

    I just want to make on quick comment: Jack Wilshere, absolutely quality.

  • devday

    @ Kodjo:
    This is the make or break time for Fabianski, you feel that he is now on a high, so he has to take this chance. If he fluffs it, I can see Szcznesy coming in very soon!

  • devday

    @ Josiah:
    Amazing, isn’t he – and to think, he is only 18!

  • Berth

    He is still rubbish in my eyes though. There is nothing exceptional about this guy; I hope he plays against Chelsea for the world to see.

  • jeffvip

    Truthfully, I do hope we lose a champions league match due to his blunder. It wont be matter anyway because at the end of the day, what do matter is we stay top the group at the end of the 6th group matches.By then, Wenger does not have any more excuses for this keeper and at least give Szechny an early impression about Europe’s football. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t need a new keeper at all when January comes by

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    I think we need to ensure we’re behind our players – right now, we need to be behind Fabianski. It will be very useful for him to have our support and will spur him on.

    We’ve got to trust Arsene and hope that Fabianski does well.

  • devday

    @ jeffvip:
    With Fabianski playing the CL an Prem games, we will see Szczesny in the Carling Cup at the end of October. This will be a good chance for us to see if he can live up to the hype.

    It’s all very well believing in Szcznesy – but we need to see him against a Premiership team to see what he is really made of.

  • Berth

    We have trusted this team for a long time now and I don’t see any major improvement other than Wenger recycling our problem from Alumnia – Fabianski – Alumnia – Manone- Alumna and back to fabianski.

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    I see you mean – Almunia is too old to change – but the others will learn from experience… I have my fingers and my toes crossed that Fabianski plays well.

    Arsene has confirmed that Fabianski will play on Sunday!